Fairfield police said they were able to locate a swimmer who became separated from his group Tuesday morning unharmed.
The swimmer’s friends called 911 a little after 8 a.m. after they finished a group swim and noticed he was missing, according to Capt. Robert Kalamaras.
The department’s marine unit found the missing swimmer roughly 50 yards offshore “actively swimming” in front of Penfield Pavilion, Kalamaras said.
“He was not in distress and we assisted him to shore, where he was reunited with his group,” he said.
The beach is situated on Fairfield’s eastern shoreline, wedged between Jennings Beach and the Fairfield Beach Club to the east, and Shoal Point and Fairfield Beach to the west.
The area has seen drownings in the past, as incoming tides can trap beach combers on Penfield Reef, a narrow spit of rocky sand that juts into Long Island Sound.
In 2017, the town placed signs warning those who venture onto the reef of the potential danger, after two New York men drowned while fishing off the reef when the tide turned.